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The surname Overman was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that county.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Overman, Overer, Overy, Offerman, Oferman and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Overman research. Another 255 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Overman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Overman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jacob Overman, who settled in Maryland in 1667
  • Jacob Overman, who landed in Maryland in 1667

Overman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Willm. Overman, who came to Philadelphia in 1801
  • Henrietta Overman, who settled in New York, NY in 1822
  • F. Overman, who settled in Baltimore in 1826
  • Fernando Overman, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1826
  • Frederick Overman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
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  • Lynne Overman (1887-1943), American actor, active in the 1930s and 1940s
  • Albert H. Overman (1850-1930), American bicycle manufacturer and founder of Overman Wheel Company in 1882 and later as the Overman Automobile Company in 1901
  • Ion Overman (b. 1976), American actress, known for her roles in General Hospital and The Walking Dead
  • Larry E. Overman, American chemist, Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, best known for the Overman rearrangement
  • Lynne Overman, American film actress
  • Howard Overman, British BAFTA Award winning television writer
  • Lee Slater Overman (1854-1930), American politician, United States Senator from North Carolina (1903-1930)
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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    The Overman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Overman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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